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  President Trump Speaks at National Museum of African American History and...  CSPAN  February 21, 2017 12:12pm-12:23pm EST

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-- thank you. >> this morning, president trump toward the african american history museum. bloomberg news tweeted this picture. he called the museum the in full and fantastic. here are some more comments. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states.
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president trump: thank you very much, everybody. this was a beautiful morning. what a job they have done. like few others have been able to do. of lonnie bunch. the work and the love that he has in his heart for what he has done -- i always talk about needing enthusiasm. you need love for anything you do to do it successfully. and lonnie bunch, you are where? you should be up. come on. and david, we have to get david appear to. david scored in is tremendous. and he was singing lonnie bunch's praises. you two should at least be here. we appreciate you very much. and david rubenstein is here someplace. come on, you have to get up. you certainly deserve it. he is a successful guy who
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spends money doing great things. and he has been a great help to so many different groups and this one in particular. it is a privilege to be here today. this museum is a beautiful tribute to so many american heroes. tubman,ike harriet frederick douglass, booker t. washington, rosa parks, the greensboro students and the african-american medal of honor recipients. among so many other really incredible heroes. it is amazing to see. we did a pretty comprehensive tour. but not comprehensive enough so i will be back. because i could stay here for a lot longer. believe me. it is really incredible. i am deeply proud that we now have a museum that honors the millions of african-american men who built our national
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heritage, especially when it comes to face, culture and the unbreakable american spirit. my wife was here last week. and she took a tour. and it was something that she is still talking about. yvonne could trump is here right now. and it really is very special. it is something that, if you want to know the truth, it is doing so well that everybody is talking about it. i know president obama was here for the museum's opening last fall and i am honored to be the second sitting president to visit this great museum. etched in the halls that we passed today is a quote from spotswood rice, a runaway slave who joined the union army. he believes that his fellow african-americans always looked to the united states as the promised land of universal freedom. , of myand every day presidency, i pledged to do
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everything i can to continue that promise of freedom for african-americans and for every american. it is so important. there is so important. there's nothing more important. this tour is a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of it's very ugly forms. threats-somatic targeting our jewish community and community centers are horrible. and our painful. and very very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil. i do want to thank a great friend of mine, dr. then carson and his beautiful family. for joining us today. it was very special to accompany him and his family for the first time seeing the carson exhibit.
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i love this guy. he is a great guy. really a great guy. and he can tell you better than me but i will tell you, we really started something. we are very proud of him. hopefully next week he gets his approval. about three or four weeks late. and you are doing better than most, right? but the democrats will come around, they will come along. .hen we'll do a fantastic job i have absolutely no doubt that he will be one of the greatest ever in that position. and hadup in detroit very little. he defied every statistic. he graduated from yale and he went on to the university of michigan of michigan's medical school. he became a brilliant, totally brilliant in a row surgeon. great thingsto do in our african-american communities together. ben is going to work closely
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with me. and hard has a meaning far beyond -- if properly done, a meaning as big as any think there is. and then we will be a will to asd the true meaning of hud its secretary. i look forward to that. i look forward to watching him. he will do things nobody ever thought of. i also want to thank senator jim scott for joining us today. a great senator from south carolina. i like the state of south carolina. all those states where i won by double digits. south carolina was one. tim has been fantastic in halley represents the people. they love him. i also want to profoundly thank -- for being here and, as we saw her uncle's wonderful exhibit. he certainly deserves that. tell you thisan
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personally because i watch her all the time. and she is a tremendous fighter for justice and thank you very much. i have been watching you for so long and you are so incredible. and i wanted to thank you for all the nice things you say about me. not everybody says nice things. with that, we are going to end this incredible beginning of a morning. but engraved in the wall, very the reverendte by martin luther king jr.. in 1955, he told the world that we are determined to work and fight until justice runs down like water. and righteousness like a mighty stream.
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to that is what it's going be. we are going to bring this country together. maybe bring some of the world together. we will bring this country together. we have a divided country. it has been divided for many years. we will bring it together. i hope every day of my presidency, we will be honoring the determination and work andrds a very worthy goal four lonnie and david and david and then and everybody, i just just have to say that what they have done here is something that can probably not be duplicated. it was done with love and lots of money. right lonnie? lots of money. love and passion. that is why it is so great. thank you all very much for being here.
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i appreciate it. congratulations. thank you. [applause]
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thank you, everybody. >> what do you pan to do with the tax who -- with the attacks on the jewish community centers? do you have any plans? >> what do you think of the museum? what have you learned?